Essential medicines and health products

Gitanjali Batmanabane

Batmanabane Gitanjani

Gitanjali Batmanabane, MD, PhD, Professor

Professor Batmanabane is a professor of pharmacology and the officer-in-charge of the department of hospital pharmacy at the Jawaharlal Institute of Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pudhucherry, India. She received her MBBS in 1980 and MD in pharmacology from the Madras University in 1987. She obtained her PhD in 2003 from the Pondicherry Central University. She has working towards introducing clinical pharmacology and rational use of medicines into the undergraduate medical curriculum in India and has conducted many workshops with this objective. As a member of the core-group of the National Teacher Training Centre in JIPMER, she is involved in training medical educators. She has taught in many training courses on essential medicines and rational drug use.

Her main areas of interest in research include medical education, national essential medicines policy and rational use of medicines in the community and sleep medicine. She worked as Technical Officer, Essential Drugs & Other Medicines at the South-East Asia Regional Office of the World Health Organization at New Delhi from 2010 to 2012 and coordinated the Better Medicines for Children project in India. She supervised the first surveys of pricing and availability of essential children’s medicines to be conducted in the states of Chhattisgarh and Odisha. She also facilitated the preparation of the first essential medicines list for children of India by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics and the EML of Jammu & Kashmir in 2008. She has been a member of the 17th expert committee for the selection and use of essential drugs in 2009. She is section editor for clinical pharmacology for the Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics.

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